What is the Unlearning the HUSH framework?
Inspired by the oral histories of past educators, the action-oriented framework enables teachers to create inclusive classroom lessons and experiences. The framework is anchored to these core concepts: recognizing marginalized histories, unlearning and reflection, stories, and healing through connection and relationships.
Understands all histories are valuable and worth being illuminated. Works to ensure that unearthed and unheard histories are shared.
Unlearning tendencies that do not create equitable and inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Works to ensure that self-reflection and learning is ongoing in order to cultivate best opportunities for students and education.
Understands that stories are bridges to understanding and connecting with others. Works to ensure that stories are celebrated and shared, and that a safe space exists where these stories can emerge.
Understands that racial inequities and injustices result in trauma and grief that requires healing. Works to create an environment that is responsive in facilitating healing and positive relationships.
The Benefits of Using The Framework
Cultural competency & equity in classrooms benefits all students and creates positive learning outcomes. This framework serves as a guide to naturally and easily create spaces that offer windows and mirrors for students.
Ushers in stories of the past
HUSH ushers in history and the voices and stories of the past to inform how we navigate 21st century classrooms.
Inspires Inclusive Lesson Planning
HUSH serves as a north star for teachers building inclusive lesson plans, units, and activities.
HUSH fosters connections to be built with others through shared stories, perspective taking, and histories.
Rooted in Research. Inspired by Black Female Educators.
Born out of oral histories and studies of Black female educators in Mississippi from 1954-1971, this framework seeks to carry forward their vision for equitable classrooms and help to create visibility for marginalized histories, stories, and people.
From the Founder
"As an educator, I have seen the need for elevating unseen and unheard histories and voices. This framework is built from the inspiration of the great educators who walked before us, and encourages us to consider the voices of past when planning for our future educational endeavors."
DR. MARLEE BUNCH
Ed.D., M.Ed., M.S., B.A.
Creator of HUSH Framework
Author of Unlearning the Hush study